Sporty front seats and a pervasive feel of quality give the Golf a discernible personality in its class, but it's a little smaller than the boxy body might suggest.
We like the Golf's front bucket seats, in cloth and in the available "leatherette" upholstery. Their adjustments are a little difficult to reach--one's a knob, two are levers, and they're all in different places--but the seats themselves have great shape and support, and they're firm for comfort over long-distance drivers.
Volkswagen puts high-quality materials in the Golf's cabin. Visibility is good, too, but the base of the windshield is rather high, a result of European pedestrian collision standards.